Trio tied at the top

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

OPELIKA, Ala. — Martin Flores, Cameron Tringale and Zac Blair shared the Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship lead at 6-un­der 65 on Thurs­day when first-round play was sus­pended be­cause of dark­ness.

Flores and Tringale played in morn­ing at Grand Na­tional’s Lake Course, and Blair fin­ished his af­ter­noon round af­ter a nearly two-hour rain de­lay.

OPELIKA, Ala. — Zac Blair, Martin Flores and Cameron Tringale shared the Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship lead at 6-un­der 65 on Thurs­day when firstround play was sus­pended be­cause of dark­ness.

Flores and Tringale played in the morn­ing at Grand Na­tional’s Lake Course, and Blair fin­ished his af­ter­noon round in hu­mid con­di­tions af­ter a rain de­lay of nearly two hours.

“It wasn’t too bad out there even be­fore the de­lay,” Blair said. “It ac­tu­ally prob­a­bly got a lit­tle mug­gier af­ter the de­lay, but over­all it was pretty nice.”

The three lead­ers are win­less on the PGA Tour.

Blair ea­gled the par-5 fifth — hit­ting his sec­ond shot to a foot — and added four birdies.

“I hit a good drive down there, got a good bounce, was able to go for it in two,” Blair said. “I had like 260 [yards] or some­thing like that, hit it right in the mid­dle of the green, kind of took that hill down there. I knew it was go­ing to be pretty close once it started rolling left. Walked up there and it was about 12 inches, so those are al­ways nice.”

Robert Al­lenby, Chad Camp­bell, Rory Sab­ba­tini and Tag Rid­ings (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) shot 66, and Richy Weren­ski also was 5 un­der with two holes left. Al­lenby, the 46-year-old Aus­tralian who won all four of his PGA Tour ti­tles in 2000 and 2001, is used to the hot and muggy con­di­tions.

Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) had a 1-un­der 70.

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